The Switzerland County Pacer junior varsity boys basketball team roared back from a third quarter deficit with a big final period to earn the championship of the Jayvee Rivertown Classic with a 35-33 win over Lawrenceburg.
The game was played on Monday night, after winter weather delayed the varsity tournament, pushing the junior varsity action from Saturday morning to Monday night.
It was the fourth quarter that made the difference, as Switzerland County trailed 31-24 after three stanzas, but outscored the Tigers 11-2 over the final period to earn the title.
The score was 14-9 in favor of Switzerland County after one, with Cade Rider with five points; Dalton Tingle with four points; and Damian Breeck added a three-pointer. Justin Chatham had the other two points.
The second quarter saw Lawrenceburg come back and win the span by a 10-7 count; as the Pacers got three points from Tyler Konkle while Tingle and Chatham each had a basket.
Halftime saw Switzerland County in front, 21-19.
The third quarter was an offensive struggle for the Pacers, as they scored only three points — all on freethrows as Konkle made two and Kenyon Bledsoe had one.
Lawrenceburg was hot, scoring 12 points in the period to grab the seven point lead.
That set the stage for the final stanza, with the Pacers racing back on six points by Tingle; four points by Konkle; and a freethrow by Rider.
That was enough to push Switzerland County over the top; and Coach Mitch Hobson’s team celebrated the tourney championship.
Tingle led the way with 12 points; while Konkle had nine; Rider had six; Chatham finished with four; Breeck had three; and Bledsoe had one.